(STATEHOUSE) – The House of Representatives Wednesday voted in support of legislation co-authored by State Rep. Chris May (R-Bedford) that would provide scholarships to Hoosier public safety officers.
According to May, this legislation would establish the Ivy Tech Public Safety Scholarship, covering tuition and fees for any associate degree or certificate program offered by Ivy Tech Community College.
“Indiana is currently facing a shortage of public safety officers, and this would help incentivize more Hoosiers to enter and stay in the field,” May said. “Serving and protecting the community can be very rewarding and we hope this program would help make public safety a more attractive career path for young professionals entering the workforce.”
The scholarship would provide up to two academic years of tuition for public safety officers with a high school diploma or equivalent. May said for the first two years the scholarship would only be available to volunteer firefighters.
After July 2021, the program would open up to nearly 35,000 employed public safety officers, including paid firefighters, police officers, and emergency medical technicians according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
House Bill 1064 now moves to the Senate for consideration.
For more information, visit iga.in.gov.